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Date: 20 November 2021 (Saturday) Time: 11:30am – 12:30noon Venue: Start Art Gallery, 508, K11 MUSEA, Tsim Sha Tsui Registration: required, free A private tour of an exhibition showing NFT art by five Hong Kong artists took place on a Saturday morning. The five artists are Evangeline "Mooncasket" Chan, Ophelia Jacarini, Kwok Mang-ho a.k.a “Frog King”, Rainbow Tse, Natalie Wong a.k.a. “Papersneaker. Their new works exemplified artistic energy unleashed by a technology which allows for the authentication of digital art. The tour was hosted by our alumni Enid Tsui (Art Editor, South China Morning Post), and joining her on the day to share their creative journeys were “Frog King” and Rainbow Tse. Frog King’s NFT is a video comprising of his performances in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Rainbow’s NFT is a digital painting of a familiar sight in Hong Kong, a pharmacy that stays open till late. A 3D virtual sculpture by Opehlia Jacarini was also in display as a hologram in a special frame. As we learned from the tour, several of the artists minted NFTs for the first time and it was a great learning experience for everyone. Just as conceptual art has re-defined art in the past century, experimentation with the new NFT technology has prompted a re-think over the relationship between physical art and digital art. Feedback "Much appreciated! Frog King was special and good. Finally I could see this legendary artist in person." Alel Thallemer "Thank you for organising the tour ! I enjoyed learning more about this new art trend and how artists are experimenting with it ! I believe it as important to understand art history as to learn about its future." Christy Cheung  

Date: 2 September 2021  Time: 11am-12:00pm Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art Registration: required, free “Art of the South Nanling: A Selection of Guangdong Painting from the Hong Kong Museum of Art" was an exhibition that showcased 80 Chinese paintings from the Hong Kong Museum of Art collection by artists from Guangdong from the late Ming dynasty to the 20th century. It surveyed the development of the regional painting style and its influence on Hong Kong modern ink art. The association organized a visit and the curator of the exhibition gave special remarks onsite.  

Period: 22-29 August, 2021 Venue: Online via Zoom Registration: by invitation, free When new students feel they are part of a learning community, they become more motivated to engage and learn. Co-organised with the Department of Art History, we had our inaugural week-long meeting sessions for alumni and students before school began. This meet-up was encouraged though not mandatory. Students participating in the meeting sessions found it useful to hear from helpful alumni sharing their study experiences so they could better prepare for their master programme.   Feedback "I expected the event to be an opportunity to understand the expectations of the course [and the] study environment, to ask questions and get to know faculty. The event met my expectations and made me feel more confident and prepared for classes to begin."

Date: 24 July 2021  Time: 11am-12:30pm Venue: Online via Zoom Webinar/ CPD2.42, Centennial Campus, HKU Registration: required for both face-to-face and online options, free Our Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Kathleen Wyma, shared her expert insights on “Biennales” with audience both in person and online on July 24, 2021. Dr. Wyma’s thought-provoking talk stimulated interesting discussions, exchange of ideas, and raised questions like whether the art world is becoming more spectacularized for consumption, or the world flattening to a more globalized connectedness. In looking at exhibitions precedents that dated to the nineteenth century, Dr Wyma helped us understand the ‘why’ including the contexts for contemporary art. She also shared her personal experience with the Kochi Biennale in India as an example of the biennales of the periphery. The event was co-organised by HKUFAAA and the University’s Department of Art History, and supported by the HKU Museum Society. Feedback "I enjoyed the talk this morning very much. It was very informative and thought provoking." "The talk is really enjoyable and informative, it would be great to have one or two more talks by Dr. Wyma on similar subjects to make it into a contemporary art talk series, would like to learn more." "I’ve actually been waiting for Dr Wyma to open her Biennale course for a long time - I think the last time she opened I was still in Year 1 - so I was really excited for this talk " "Kathleen is a very passionate speaker and educator. There’s so much to learn!" "The talk was very insightful… looking forward to more talks and events from the Alumni Association!"

  Date: 17 July 2021 Time: 14:30-16:00 Venue: Hong Kong Open Printshop, JCCAC Registration: required, $100 (member), $200 (non-member) Inspired by the two exhibitions at Hong Kong Heritage Museum, “20/20 Hong Kong Print Art Exhibition” and "Between the Lines – The Legends of Hong Kong Printing" (open until 26 July 2021), HKUFAAA organized a practical session for our members and friends at Hong Kong Open Printshop. It aimed to let participants experience letterpress and printmaking with HKOP artist and Programme Manager, Wong Lok-wan Loraine. In a studio setting, participants were introduced to various printing tools and techniques. After the demonstration, all participants took turn to print a postcard home!     Feedback "Thanks for the workshop! Had a great time there :)" "We enjoyed it very much! Thanks a lot for your coordination."

Date: 12 July 2021 Time: 4pm-5:30pm Venue: JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun Registration required, free Jill Chun, assistant curator of "Ink City", and Michelle Wong, guest curator of "Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys," kindly offered us their time to talk to our members and friends on their current exhibitions at Tai Kwun, when the galleries were closed to the public. "Ink City" was a visual feast, showcasing a wide range of art works that challenge the medium ink or the idea of ink art. Next door, "Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys" literally functioned like a portal to the fascinating world of AAA’s Ha Bik Chuen Archive. Years of archival and curatorial hard work was shown through. Audience got to see how local artists approached and responded to the archive, and by engaging with these archival materials and art works in various ways, participants got to experience and complete the project themselves.   Feedback "The exhibition tour provides a precious opportunity to talk to the curators. It is inspiring to listen to the curatorial stories and challenges behind two very different exhibitions: Ink City and Ha Bik Chuen Archive. It is also a good chance to connect with other Art History Alumni. Thanks HKUFAAA for the wonderful arrangement!"  

Date: 3 July 2021 Time: 10:30am-12noon Venue: Online (zoom) Registration: required, free Host: Ms. Nicole Fung and Mr. Mike Wong   Alumni speakers: Dr. Chan Chunwa (Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, HKU) Ms. Madeline Lai (Project Coordinator, Art Museum CUHK) Ms. Carman Lau (MAAH Administrator, Department of Art History, HKU) Ms. Erin Li (Assistant Curator, Tai Kwun) Ms. Angel Yip (Assistant Curator II Chinese Antiquities, Hong Kong Museum of Art) Graduation is exciting but it may also be daunting. We understand the possible difficulties in getting the very first job in the art field, because we have been through it. Young alumni were invited to share with current and graduating Fine Arts students their unique career path. It was fascinating to listen to all their "complicated stories" as each had explored many different parts of the industry (eg. commercial, non-profit, archival, curatorial, educational, people-based, programme-based, object-based etc). Volunteering, internships, and part-time jobs might not come with fancy titles or promising contract terms at first, but to our speakers, these experiences opened one door after another, and enabled them to figure out who they wanted to be, and eventually added up to make them who they are now. Feedback "All the speakers were packed with information. I especially appreciated the detailed sharings about their daily tasks and their thought processes behind changing from one job to another. Thanks again for organizing this." "Thank you for holding the session today! It was nice to see so many people in the industry sharing their experiences

Date: 26 June 2021  Time: 12nn-1pm Venue: 510A, 5F, K11 MUSEA, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong Registration: required, free It was our pleasure to have Ms. Alice Leung, L’ÉCOLE Asia Pacific Education Manager, conducting a private tour on "The Art of Gold: 3000 Years of Chinese Treasures" when it was closed to the public. The selection of gold jewellery pieces on display in this exhibition has carefully been chosen from the Mengdiexuan collection. Dating from Shang dynasty to Qing dynasty, they demonstrate various techniques of gold crafting, including hammering and chasing, casting, gold wire and filigree, as well as granulation. To be able to admire first hand the masterful details, and charmed by the animated animal motifs, it was indeed a very effective way to learn!   Feedback "Thank you for organising the guided tour for the Art of Gold. It's wonderful to see the beautiful collection and learn about the major techniques of goldwork. Really enjoyed it. Look forward to joining other activities."

Date: 25 June 2021 Time: 10am-11:15am Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art (live on zoom) Registration: required, free To kick off our series of summer events, HKUFAAA is delighted to have invited Dr Kathleen Wyma to conduct an audio guided tour at HKMOA. This exhibition “Mythologies: Surrealism and Beyond — Masterpieces from Centre Pompidou" showcases surrealist artworks and archival materials from the Pompidou collection. It was her aim to provide participants with a context, and information on the discourse of Surrealism, to help one get a deeper understanding of various issues at stake during that first half of the 20th century. She brought up ideas of the exquisite corpse and the uncanny, chance and automatism, fascism and colonialism. These are some underlying and connecting themes that inspire one to look more carefully at the exhibits. Participants were all encouraged to critically analyse both the works and the museum display, in order to arrive at more meaningful interpretations beyond perhaps what our first impression might tell.   Feedback "The best way to experience an exhibition is with Dr Wyma! Great insight and very different critical perspectives from what an official museum guide would offer." "Thank you so much for giving me the chance to join

Date: 17 November 2020 Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm Venue: Online (via Zoom) Registration: required; free This online talk aimed to complement the current exhibition “The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: Botticelli and His Times– Masterworks from the Uffizi” (open until 24 Feb 2021) at Hong Kong Museum of Art. Our speaker Dr Sim Hinman Wan, who teaches Italian Renaissance art and architecture at the Department of Art History, HKU, provided some contextual information for audience to further their understanding of Botticelli's works on display. Wan's talk covered famous works by this extraordinary Florentine artist and other pieces which were commissioned by the Medici family. There was an in depth discussion on the discourse of Botticelli as well.   Feedback "Congratulations on a very successful zoom talk with Dr Wan yesterday. I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot, so hopefully more prepared for my visit to the exhibition."